Solaris 10 10/08 Installation Guide: Solaris Flash Archives (Creation and Installation)

ProcedureTo Create a Solaris Flash Archive for an Initial Installation

After you install the master system, create a Solaris Flash archive to use to install other systems.

  1. Become superuser or assume an equivalent role.

    Roles contain authorizations and privileged commands. For more information about roles, see Configuring RBAC (Task Map) in System Administration Guide: Security Services.

  2. Boot the master system and run it in as inactive a state as possible.

    When possible, run the system in single-user mode. If that is not possible, shut down any applications that you want to archive and any applications that require extensive operating system resources.

    You can create a Solaris Flash archive while the master system is running in multiuser mode, single-user mode, or while booted from one of the following:

    • Solaris Operating System DVD.

    • Solaris Software - 1 CD.

    • An image of the Solaris Software. If you are using CD media, the image could include the Solaris Languages CDs if needed.

  3. To create the archive, use the flarcreate command.

    # flarcreate -n name options path/filename

    The name that you give the archive. The name you specify is the value of the content_name keyword.


    For a description of options, see flar Command.


    The path to the directory in which you want to save the archive file. If you do not specify a path, flarcreate saves the archive file in the current directory.


    The name of the archive file.

    • If the archive creation is successful, the flarcreate command returns an exit code of 0.

    • If the archive creation fails, the flarcreate command returns a nonzero exit code.

  4. Make a copy of the archive and save it. The copy can be used in the future to update a clone system with a differential archive.